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The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor and locally, Dion Johnson, among many others, have continued centuries of state-inspired violence against Black people. The faculty of Arizona State University’s School of Transborder Studies stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in denouncing the systemic racism, white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence that disproportionately affects Black communities. As a community of scholars that upholds the values of inclusion, equity and liberation — we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and those protesting for justice and leading the way to dismantle all forms of institutionalized racism and discrimination.
Welcome to ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, the only one of its kind in the United States. As an interdisciplinary school within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we address important and complex topics that focus on the US-Mexico transborder region, as well as the Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x populations across the US. Our School’s research projects, degree programs, and courses focus on several transborder issues, including migration, health and applied social policy; media and expressive culture; culture, language and learning; and the US and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy.
I grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in the community of Nogales, Arizona and understand the opportunities and challenges that border communities face. Over time, I have become convinced that binational problems require binational solutions; hence the importance of conducting research in border regions through an interdisciplinary lens. Additionally, I believe that understanding the political and cultural diversity of the Latino/a/x and Chicano/a/x experiences in communities throughout the United States is of paramount importance to enhancing our democracy.
“Borders are scars that history has left on earth's skin.” – Josep Barrell, former European Parliament president. With our central focus on borders, we are mindful of the importance of ASU’s Charter to focus on the continued inclusion and success of ASU students and our fundamental responsibility to the overall well-being of our communities. The School of Transborder Studies is firmly committed to fostering civic and democratic engagement, cross-border cooperation, and the continued scholarship effort necessary to produce much-needed changes and advancements.
We are proud to also house two important programs in our School: the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – an academic support to students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds; and the Migrant and Rural Student Achievement and Inmigration Innovation Program. Please explore deeper on our website to learn more about these fantastic efforts.
I look forward to meeting you in the coming year, and to learn about all you do, hope for, and are striving to achieve; the School of Transborder Studies will give you the tools to succeed.
Best wishes for a successful school year,
The School of Transborder Studies, the only one of its kind in the United States, promotes academic excellence and social change by developing cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the populations of the U.S.-Mexico transborder space and beyond. We affect social change by developing and nurturing integrated scholarship and teaching, leading to more successful and sustainable transborder communities.
Our current students and alumni are committed to transforming our society and are developing a better understanding of the complexity of contemporary societies in the 21st century.
Our mission is to inspire and empower students with an innovative learning experience that prepares them to be agents of change in a challenging environment where cultural, social, political, and economic borders are inevitably crossed by people both within and across communities in the context of a globalized world.
Arizona State University Regents Professor Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez was recently named the 2020 recipient of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for his outstanding contributions to the field of anthropology.
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Arizona State University is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education. The ASU CAMP Scholars Project provides academic support to students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds during their first year in college.
The Program for Transborder Communities (PTC) collaborates with scholars and communities in pursuing innovative ways to understand borders and border processes in a regional and global context. The mission of PTC is to develop socially embedded knowledge that promotes social change.
The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) was founded in 1976 and is the leading international scholarly association dedicated to the systematic study and exchange of ideas, information and analysis of international border, and the processes and communities engendered by such borders. ABS is currently housed and maintained by the School of Transborder Studies.